Hostage situation ends peacefully
by Rachel Davis
Nov 13, 2013 | 3556 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies prepared to enter the residence of Edward Lynn Davis of Sumiton on Tuesday morning. Sumiton police called the SWAT team in after Davis refused to let them into the residence. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies prepared to enter the residence of Edward Lynn Davis of Sumiton on Tuesday morning. Sumiton police called the SWAT team in after Davis refused to let them into the residence. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
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SUMITON — A tactical team from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was able to convince a Sumiton man to surrender peacefully after a standoff with police early Tuesday morning.

Edward Lynn Davis, 43, of Sumiton, held a woman against her will in his home on County Line Road Tuesday morning, apparently for the second time in a week.

A complaint was reportedly filed last week with Sumiton police by the unnamed woman, an ex-girlfriend of Davis, who said she had been assaulted and held against her will. No warrants were obtained in that case until Tuesday morning during the standoff with Davis.

According to reports, when Sumiton officers arrived at Davis’ home, Davis refused to come out or let them in because they did not have a warrant and refused to tell them if the woman was with him. Sumiton police then called in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team for assistance.

Jefferson County sheriff’s negotiators informed Davis there was now a warrant for his arrest and he came out peacefully, followed by the woman. Deputies who entered the property said there was no weapon found in the residence and no evidence that Davis had been barricaded inside.

Davis was arrested on a second-degree assault charge stemming from the original complaint, Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said. As of press time, he said no charges had been filed in the most recent incident.

Davis is being held in the Walker County Jail.

In addition to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Sumiton police, deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.